For once, my new year is looking pretty good. I had posted goals for January on Saturday and you know what? This weekend was divide and conquer.
I started Saturday with a peek at this month’s Shock Totem prompt. Ideas started to bubble. But I didn’t sit at the computer and wait on it. I got up and did something.
That’s right I tackled the living room. I picked up trash that apparently my boys can’t see, started laundry, rearranged a few items of furniture and vacuumed. With a few quick breaks of checking twitter, I had everything back how I like it within about 2 hours. 2 hours? Well, I am not the greatest of housekeepers, and things have been a bit cluttered, so I had some catching up to do. Plus I think the laundry monster vomited half of my kids wardrobe into my laundry room. Total I think I washed and dried about 6 loads on Saturday.
But as I was cleaning, that idea of a story grew. I burbled and bubbled and simmered and when I finally sat down to concentrate and write, I poured 2100 words on the page. By evening it still wasn’t finished and I was a little annoyed that I had overshot the word count by so much but I do have a week to write on the contest. That word count was a great relief after I could not get a story going for #20Spec the month before.
Sunday I decided to tackle the kitchen. Again, it isn’t dirty, just cluttered. I cleaned out some of the shelves, found many opened boxes of cereal and half eaten packages of crackers. I condensed snacks into a basket and rearranged my shelves. I am going to have to get a shelving unit soon because I am running out of space! (I have a very tiny kitchen with only 4 foot of usable counter-top space.) I spent a few hours in between the kitchen and the laundry room and finally I was finished.
I went back to the story I had started the day before. Read it back over and started in again. A few hours later, finished at just under 3,000 words. It is going to need some clean up and a bit of world building but I do like it and it will be fun to have something completely new to submit this month.
I wandered around the internet for a while. Talked with my BF then looked at the prompt again. Another idea began to simmer. I ignored it for a while until it beat at the door to my head shouting “WRITE ME!” I complied with a short that is under the 1,000 word limit.
The odd thing is, after that I still had time? Usually my writing, not to mention my cleaning, takes a while and I barely get done before it is time for bed. Having extra time was confusing but I soon found an outlet. BEADS! I started on a bracelet for a friend as a thank you gift.
Tonight is editing night after I take a nice walk before supper. I need to work on my In Situ piece (just a few changes), along with attempting to write for the Show Me Your Lits site.
How was everyone else’s weekend? Are you starting the year off right?